Epic Riding Through Virginia’s Blue Ridge

Welcome to Virginia’s Blue Ridge, America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital and an IMBA Silver-Level Ride Center. Encompassing the cities of Roanoke and Salem, as well as the surrounding counties of Botetourt, Franklin, and Roanoke, there are over 400 miles of trails, 1,110 miles of gravel, and 2,000 miles of road routes for cyclists of all kinds within a one-hour radius. 

Start your trip out at Roanoke County’s Explore Park. Home to the Blue Ridge Bike Center, a progressive mountain biking skills park, you can access a network of 14 miles of multi-use trails and miles of the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. Additional on-site amenities include ziplining at Treetop Quest, fishing on the Roanoke River Blueway, and drinks at Twin Creeks Brewpub, as well as campsites, RV sites, and cabins for a cozy overnight stay. Head into the nearby town of Vinton for a delicious meal at FarmBurguesaRND Coffee, or New York Pizza.

Head out to Botetourt County for miles of winding roads and unspoiled beauty. Ride some of the best backcountry trails through George Washington and Jefferson National Forest on the Glenwood Horse Trail. Road cyclists can take the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail through the towns of Daleville, Troutville, and Buchanan along winding country roads. When you’re done exploring, check out Foot of the Mountain Cafe1772 on Main & RooftopTown Center Tap House, or Three Li’l Pigs Barbeque for a hearty refueling. 

Within Roanoke city limits, Mill Mountain Park features ten miles of trails, plus connects to the extensive Roanoke Valley Greenway network. Don’t miss the ride to the iconic Roanoke Star with stunning views of the valley. Treat yourself to a post-adventure from Blue Cow Ice CreamStarr Hill Pilot Brewery & Side Stage, or Crystal Spring Grocery Co.

Several local outfitters, including Cardinal BicycleRoanoke Mountain Adventures, and Trek Bicycle Roanoke provide gear rentals and biking essentials, as well as regularly host group rides and other fun events.

Plan your visit around one of the area’s upcoming events. On October 8, road riders will take to the streets of Historic Fincastle for Virginia’s Blue Ridge Gran Fondo, a beautiful ride through Botetourt County. Families and adventurers of all ages can try a variety of activities, listen to live music, and interact with their favorite brands at Roanoke GO Outside Festival from October 13 to 15. 

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